Shashi Tharoor charged with ‘abetment to suicide’ in the Sunanda Pushkar death case

The Delhi Police has filed their charge sheet in the Sunanda Pushkar Murder case today. According to reports, Congress leader and former minister of state Shashi Tharoor has been charged with the section 498A and Section 306 in the case.

The Charge sheet was reportedly filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh. Section 498A involves charges for the husband or his family members subjecting a wife to cruelty and Section 306 of the IPC covers abetment to suicide. The next date for the hearing of this case has been reportedly set for 24th May.

Rajya Sabha MP and legal activist Subramanian Swamy, while speaking to Times Now has stated that this charge sheet means full-fledged criminal trials will now be initiated against Shashi Tharoor. He added that witnesses will be produced in court and those who have tampered with evidence or interfered with proper proceedings will be called. Swamy also added that The Leela hotel has been complicit in covering up the case. He further added that under the Indian Penal Code, abetment to suicide is tantamount to murder and even 498A is a very serious charge. Subramanian Swamy added that Shashi Tharoor might soon get arrested.

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The fact that Shashi Tharoor might be charged with section 306 was reported earlier. However, the addition of section 498A is the charge sheet might mean more troubles for Shashi Tharoor. Shashi Tharoor’s wife, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her hotel room on January 17, 2014. Subramanian Swamy had asked for a court-monitored probe in the case by a multidisciplinary special investigations team. The Delhi Police was criticised by the Delhi High Court for delays in the investigations. AIIMS had earlier confirmed that Sunanda’s death has been due to poisoning. The PIL submitted by Swamy with regard to the case was dismissed by the Delhi HC initially but Swamy had moved to Supreme Court against the decision.

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